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Girl Name: Celia

Name: Celia
Pronunciation: \ce-lia\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: heaven
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Celina, Cilia, Selena, Selina, Sheila, Celeste
Sounds Like: Selia, Cela, Ceilia, Zelia
Variant forms: Ceil, Cele, Celie, Fecelia
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 371
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 29207


Celia \ce-lia\ as a girl's name is pronounced SEEL-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Celia is "heaven". From Caelia, feminine form of the old Roman family name Caelius, probably from "caelum" meaning "heaven". Sometimes also used as a short form of Cecilia. Celio is the masculine form. The name was not used in the Middle Ages, and was introduced to the English-speaking world as the name of a character in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (1599). Made popular in the 1940s by actress Celia Johnson.

Celia has 4 variant forms: Ceil, Cele, Celie and Fecelia.

For more information, see also related names Celina, Cilia, Selena, Selina, Sheila and Celeste.

Baby names that sound like Celia are Selia, Cela, Ceilia and Zelia.

View a list of the 8 names that reference Celia.


Celia is a very popular first name for women (#371 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#29207 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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